Dec. 4, 2006
After sitting out last season due to illness, redshirt junior Tory Yamaguchi is more than ready for the upcoming season. She sat down with IUHOOSIERS.com to answer 10 questions about herself, IU softball and the upcoming 2007 campaign.
In 2005, Yamaguchi led the team is almost every statistical category. The Woodland Hills, Calif., native recorded 45 hits, 11 homeruns and 26 RBI in her last season with the Hoosiers. As a freshman in 2004, Yamaguchi set the school record for the most homeruns by a freshman in program history with 10 knocks. Yamaguchi, along with teammate Rachel Terry, will lead IU as captains for the 2007 campaign.
What are you looking forward to most in this upcoming season?
"I'm just happy to be back with the team and playing. I can't wait to see where this team will take itself."
Why did you choose your number?
"Twenty-four just stands out in my head. It did me well on my travel team and it's carried over into my collegiate career. I think it suits me well. I just love the number."
When did you first start playing the game?
"I started playing baseball because my older brother was practicing with my dad all the time, and being the competitive person I am, I wanted to play too. When I was about 12 or 13, my dad told me that the boys were getting too big for me and that I should start playing softball. So I did and I haven't looked back since."
Which professional team do you follow the most?
"I'm not going to lie, I don't follow a team religiously. I used to check in and see how my LA Dodgers and the Braves were doing every so often, but nothing too serious. I pretty much just flip on the television and watch."
If you could switch places with anyone for a day, it would be?
"My grandmother. I'd love for her to see what I do and see how far I've come."
"Today is the first day of the rest of your life." I feel like it's very fitting."
Most memorable IU softball moment:
"It would have to be the second game of the Northwestern series my freshmen year. After losing the first game, we were down two runs in the bottom of the seventh in the second contest, when I stepped to the plate. With both my dad and sister in attendance, I laced a line drive over the centerfielder's head to lead us to victory. That game is one I'll never forget."
What other IU sport would you want to play?
"Our field hockey team is amazing, so I'd love to be a goalie for the field hockey team."
"As odd as it sounds, I iron my uniform and the uniform of my roommate before each game."
What road game/series are you most looking forward to this season?
"I am looking forward to the Northwestern series the most because my sister is a student there and it will be fun to see her and my family.